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Disability Group Inks Deal with Hollywood Heavyweight

RespectAbility and Norman Lear Center Unite to Help Hollywood Include People with Disabilities

HH&S' Director Kate Folb in between RespectAbility's President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and Communications Director Lauren Appelbaum, all standing and smiling, in front of a picture of Norman Lear

HH&S’ Director Kate Folb in between RespectAbility’s President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and Communications Director Lauren Appelbaum

Los Angeles, Calif., April 18 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, announces a new partnership with Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a project of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center. The partnership will help educate, inform and support the success of the movie/TV industry in its work to ensure that people with disabilities are included on both sides of the camera in the stories that Hollywood tells. HH&S provides entertainment industry professionals with accurate and timely information for storylines on health, safety and national security. Like RespectAbility, HH&S recognizes the profound impact that entertainment media have on individual knowledge and behavior – ultimately impacting society and lives at large.

“We’re delighted to be working with RespectAbility to help inform and inspire the frequency and accuracy of portrayals of people with disabilities in TV and film,” said Kate Folb, the director of HH&S.

HH&S offers several resources, including quick facts, briefings and consultations with experts, case examples, panel discussions about timely health issues, a quarterly newsletter with health updates called Real to Reel and an expanding list of tip sheets written specifically for writers and producers. The broad range of topics includes disability-specific topics autism and mental health. Some of the TV shows they have assisted include The Fosters, The Good Doctor, Grey’s Anatomy, Orange Is the New Black, Speechless, Switched at Birth and many more.

The creation of this partnership would not have been possible without the financial support of The California Endowment. “Visibility and representation matters,” said Jose L. Plaza, who manages the grant for The California Endowment. “We know that accurate and positive portrayals of diverse people with disabilities will not only empower and educate viewers and program creators but will ultimately lead to a more inclusive, responsive and healthier society.”

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WEBINAR: Successful Disability Employment Strategies-Lessons from Staples, Pepsi and other leading Employers

A Conversation about Successful Disability Employment Strategies with Kevin McCloskey and Kris Foss

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Featuring:

Kevin McCloskey, Director of Partnership Development – Disability Solutions @Ability Beyond
Kris Foss, Managing Director – Disability Solutions @Ability Beyond

Disability Solutions, a corporate disability consulting firm, is changing minds and changing lives through their work with Pepsi, Synchrony Financial, Staples and other employers across the country. Disability Solutions’ clients have hired over 350 people with disabilities, including veterans, over the past five years through the planning and implementation of a strategic approach focused on driving business results. Managing Director, Kris Foss, and Director of Partnership Development, Kevin McCloskey, will discuss best practices and tips on bridging the gap between employers and the community partners who serve all jobseekers with disabilities that have produced real outcomes.

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WEBINAR: Diverse Consumers with Disabilities – Nielsen Research on the Economics of Households with Disabilities

Learn about Nielsen’s innovative research into the economics of prevalent, diverse consumers with disabilities.

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Featuring:

Kim Jackson, Senior Program Manager ADEPT SE Co-Lead Nielsen

Did you know that that more than one in three households have a member that identifies with a disability? Did you know that over 4 million households have a family member living with an intellectual disability or that over 20 million households with a loved one with a mobility impairment? These are just some of the fascinating data points revealed Nielsen’s recent research.

The fact that 1 in 5 Americans live with some form of disability has a significant economic impact on our country. However, that impact isn’t always easy to quantify, qualify or study. Nielsen’s Omnibus Panel Survey is studying that impact and quantifying those connections.

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WEBINAR: Baby Boomers, Acquired Disabilities & Stay-at-Work Strategies with Jennifer Christian, MD

Learn about the innovative work being done by Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH President and Chief Medical Officer, Webility

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Featuring:

Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH President and Chief Medical Officer, Webility

Disability is the minority group that anyone can join at any time due to accident, illness or injury. The life experience of acquiring a disability can result in serious disruptions to a person’s life, health and employment. The road to recovery or adapting to a new reality can be a complex and confusing process. Yet there is a critical gap at the center of that process. Assuring a good “big picture” outcome for a working person with a health-related life and employment disruption is not in any professional’s job description today.

Instead, this important task typically defaults to the person who acquires a disability and their family. Together or alone, they face the challenge of navigating complex systems of health, disability and workers’ compensation. As a result, some people fall through this gap in the social fabric and end up with avoidable outcomes.

Jennifer Christian, MD’s life work has been about bridging that gap. From founding Webility to draw attention to this hole in the social fabric to helping doctors, employers, benefits payers and other stakeholders establish better communications, Dr. Christian has been an innovator and thought leader. Dr. Christian has dedicated her life to get people the support they need to remain functional, independent, and able to participate fully in human life, including work.
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WEBINAR: Disability Inclusion Planning Toolkit Workshop

Learn about The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Disability Inclusion Planning Toolkit, an interactive online tool that provides a roadmap to help all organizations advance inclusion of people with disabilities.

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Featuring:

Lisa Handelman, Community Disabilities Inclusion Specialist at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Department of Jewish Life and Learning

Recognizing that we must be a welcoming and inclusive community for all by expanding the ways in which individuals are invited and encouraged to participate in Jewish life, Federation developed an Inclusion Planning Toolkit to help all organizations on their journey to full inclusion. The toolkit is designed to be used as a fluid, developmental guide to assist secular and non-secular organizations through every stage and area of the inclusion journey, ranging from attitudinal changes to physical accommodations. Made up of two components—the Discussion Guides to spark conversation, and the Self-Assessment Activities to generate a Customized Resource Package—the toolkit is intended to build a collaborative environment around the topic of inclusion. We recognize that while each organization may be at a different stage of this journey, progressing towards full inclusion strengthens our entire community.

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WEBINAR: Lessons on Putting Faith to Work

A Conversation about Faith, Disability and Inclusion Resources with Bill Gaventa, M.Div and Joe Timmons

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Featuring:

Bill Gaventa, M.Div., Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, National Collaborative on Faith and Disability, Texas Faith Inclusion Network on Disability
Joe Timmons, Research Fellow, Institute on Community Inclusion

Years ago, Rev. Bill Gaventa said, “in every faith community, there is a scriptural basis for welcome and hospitality.” Over the course of his career, he has worked hard across the country on issues at the intersection of faith, disability and inclusion. He has worked with dozens of congregations of different faiths to promote the lives and value of people with disabilities.

Faith organizations have a unique role supporting job seekers with disabilities. Not only can religious organizations drive inclusion, they also can help prepare people for work.

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WEBINAR: The Best Buddies Difference: Friendship and Skills Leading to Success

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Featuring:

Jessica Patton, Deputy Director
Andrea Schonenberg, Senior Director, Jobs Program Best Buddies International

The mission of Best Buddies International is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

 

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